Africa: Media Focus on Africa for Match-Fixing is Cause for Concern
July 25th, 2014

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By Chuka Onwumechili, Howard University

An interesting media flip-flop took place this week. Cameroon went from being forced to investigate match-fixing claims made in German news magazine Der Spiegel to FIFA saying there was no evidence of match-fixing at any World Cup 2014 match the following day.

But these were not the first reports of this World Cup – immediately before and during the tournament, several African teams have been caught up in claims which remind us about the dangers of media framing. This is a reference to how the mass media reports news stories based on predetermined stereotypes.

Recent media reports on match fixing have largely focused on African teams and they have their genesis from the Western mass media. They also fit research into the problematic way that the media frames certain stories, in this case stories of Africa, particularly Robert Emtman’s influential work.

Africa has had its share of malfeasance going back to 1974 when then Zaire’s Mafu Kibonge claimed that his country and Brazil had arranged for a 3-0 score in a World Cup game to meet mutual benefits. At the time, Brazil needed at least three goals to qualify from the group ahead of Scotland and Zaire needed to lose by no more than three goals to avoid punishment from Mobutu’s government. But match-fixing has been a scourge to the game in all parts of the World including the most popular leagues in Europe.
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Categories: Africa, Asia, bribery, Corruption,
Asia’s World Cup Flop by @jakartacasual
July 23rd, 2014

From Jakarta Casual

Saturday, June 28, 2014

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The winless World Cup showing by Asia’s four teams is a wakeup call for the region, the head of AFC said on Friday, but the lacklustre showing has not deterred calls for extra places at the finals from his members.

South Korea exited on Thursday after a 1-0 loss to Belgium condemned them to last place in Group H, the same position Japan, Iran and Australia managed in their four team pools as the region managed only a collective three points in Brazil.

It was the first time since the 1990 tournament in Italy that Asia didn’t win a game at the finals, with the AFC the only Confederation competing in Brazil not to have a representative make the last 16.
“This World Cup serves as a lesson to all Asian nations,” Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement.

“Asia must acknowledge its shortcomings, but at the same time we must believe in our own ability.
“The AFC is determined to unlock the full potential of Asian football, and that can only be achieved through hard work, dedication and unwavering support in AFC’s efforts to have equal and sustainable football development across the continent.”
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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Global Match – Fixing in Soccer Web Clip (HBO Sports)
July 21st, 2014

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Police nab 15 suspects from illegal football betting syndicate
July 19th, 2014

Published on Jul 11, 2014 11:39 AM
BY ROYSTON SIM in the Straits Times


SINGAPORE – Police arrested 12 men and three women suspected of being involved with illegal bookmaking activities on Thursday.

At about 4am, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Police Intelligence Department conducted islandwide operations at various locations, including Tampines, Lorong Salleh, Bukit Batok, Hougang, Aljunied, Punggol, Pine Close, Bartley, Bedok and Anchorvale.

They arrested 15 suspects aged between 26 and 61, and seized about $860,000 in cash, betting records and computers, mobile phones, laptops and documents.

The suspects are believed to have received football bets amounting to an estimated S$880,000 in the past three weeks alone, said the Police in a statement on Friday. Investigations are ongoing.

Categories: Asia, bribery, Corruption,
Mihir Bose: Rumblings at FIFA mean Blatter’s time at the top could finally be over @mihirbose
July 17th, 2014

Sepp Blatter

Article taken from Here

Published: 11 July 2014

This World Cup may finally force FIFA to change.
That might seem strange given that they bury their head deeper in the sand as each corruption allegation emerges.
But after a tournament in which FIFA have been caught on the back foot so often, some senior officials are prepared to concede that they cannot continue pretending all their bad press is manufactured by the wicked English media.
This realisation has grown because FIFA, and in particular Sepp Blatter, came to Brazil confident the world body would show themselves to be innovators.
The evidence for this was the introduction of goal-line technology, referees using foam as markers during free-kicks, drinks breaks for players, and even allowing players to celebrate goals with such exuberance that the entire squad including the technical staff have joined in.
Blatter’s problem has been that all this has done little to make people see FIFA as a warm, caring body. The referee’s foam may be revolutionary in Europe but in South America it has been used for more than a decade.
And while the drinks break was dictated by medical experts worried about the effect of heat on the players, it has been seen as paving the way for the ad breaks that American television, big paymasters of FIFA, has always wanted football to introduce.
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